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Therapy + Consultation Approach

Insight and self-awareness into one's patterns and conflicts may not always lead to change, therefore, Kim Seelbrede has found that integrating practical tools and skills into sessions, in addition to psychodynamic psychotherapy can support desired growth and behavioral change. In addition to her relational and interpersonal training, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills or DBT, Solution-Focused techniques, EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness, group therapy and weekend intensives as needed. In her counseling work with couples, she enjoys using her training with The Gottman Institute as well as Solution-Focused Therapy and Non-Violent Communication (NVC). Kim Seelbrede provides clinical supervision to new therapists working towards licensure as well as those building their private practices. Kim Seelbrede has been a student of psychology for decades and has enjoyed learning and gaining new skills from a variety of traditional and cutting-edge disciplines. She enjoys the creativity of weaving various modalities into her work with clients. She uses her blog LifeFix Rx and #shrinkthinks for educational purposes and to reach those who might not have access to mental health information. She consults and coaches clients in person and worldwide via telephone, Skype or HIPPA compliant videoconferencing. Online learning webinars and CBT Tools will be available soon for individuals struggling with anxiety, stress and self-esteem. 

Kim's nature is curious, non-judgmental and compassionate; her psychotherapy and consultation practice reflects her core values of respect, integrity and kindness, as well as offering a flexible and eclectic approach to treating psychological symptoms. Her clients describe her as a warm and dynamic therapist and particularly helpful for clients who are seeking counseling for the first time. Psychological counseling is not only a place to explore personal struggles, but also a place to feel supported as clients celebrate and enjoy personal growth and success. Private consultations tend to be time-limited and offer clients the opportunity to gain professional knowledge and guidance to help and evaluate a particular issue or situation regarding themselves or someone they care about.


What to Expect

Problems, challenges and long-standing difficulties are rarely resolved as quickly as people would like. Quick fixes, so to speak, are rare. Some problem behaviors can and should be addressed immediately. I believe in an integrated approach to solving psychological issues that addresses the root cause of the problem as well as offering tools and strategies that change maladaptive thoughts and behaviors.  I am able to provide both short-term therapy such as solution-focused treatment or coaching as well as long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy that works to resolve conflicts, obstacles and dynamics that interfere with leading a vital and fulfilling life. I am motivated to help my clients achieve their goals as quickly as possible. Some individuals have longstanding difficulties that may require a longer course of treatment.  A consultation and assessment is the best way to determine client needs.

  • Life is improved by identifying important thoughts, feelings and motivations
  • Change and growth occurs when clients develop a deep understanding of self and others
  • Break through blocks in intimacy, detach from unhealthy relationships, develop healthy personal boundaries
  • Gain support through a personal crisis or challenging situation
  • Identify triggers that lead to anger, confusion and relationship dysfunction
  • Become more confident, effective and assertive in personal and professional relationships
  • Uncover hidden blocking beliefs that may be sabotaging success and happiness
  • Learn more adaptive coping skills, self-care rituals and habits
  • Address body image, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions, substance reliance and obsessions
  • Uncover patters of crippling perfectionism
  • Process and heal painful feelings of loneliness, disappointment, sadness, loss, grief, guilt, shame, anger, envy and fear
  • Develop enhanced attention and awareness through mindfulness and radical acceptance
  • Resolve trauma and abuse symptoms as well as heal early attachment wounds

Solutions For Clients

  • To help clients gain the necessary insight and self-awareness for change to occur
  • To help clients recognize and break through obstacles, negative patterns and self-defeating behaviors
  • To provide clients with practical skills and support to improve their lives, including identifying problem thoughts that contribute to symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • To help clients improve their emotional and psychological well being and find balance in their lives
  • To support clients through challenging situations or times of transition and change
  • To help clients have more satisfying relationships both personal and professional

Expertise

  • Panic attacks, fear, excessive worry, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviors
  • Depression - Major Depression, Dysthymia, Bipolar Disorder, sadness, irritability, social withdrawal, hopelessness, sleep disturbances, guilt, lack of desire, poor concentration.
  • Eating Disorders - Compulsion to eat or not eat as well as other disturbances in body image and thoughts, beliefs and behaviors affecting physical and mental health.
  • Addictions - Destructive coping skills and compulsions to engage in specific activities despite negative consequences to one’s health, mental state, career, family and social life as well as co-occurring or underlying mental health problems such as ADD, anxiety, trauma and depression that may have led to the reliance on substances or problem behaviors
  • Recovery - Support for individuals in all stages of recovery from addictions, alcohol, eating disorders, anxiety, depression and trauma (pre-rehab, post-rehab or residential step-down support), wellness planning, practicing new habits, maintenance and self-care
  • Life Changes - Transitions in the life cycle that cause emotional, psychological and physical challenges (new relationships, marriage, birth of a child, aging, ending relationships, separation, divorce, career or job struggles, death of loved one, becoming sober or challenges to maintaining sobriety
  • Celebrity mental health expert
  • Trauma - Sexual, physical and verbal abuse, repeating family dynamics, violence, witnessing or involvement in crime, catastrophic events, rape, accidents
  • Sexual Disorders - Difficulty during any stage of the sexual act (desire, arousal, orgasm, resolution) that prevents or limits the enjoyment of healthy sexual activity, either alone or in the context of relationships
  • Creativity and Success - Blocks in writing, creating and producing, repetitive patterns of self-sabotage and self-defeating patterns, perfectionism, fear of failure, fear of success, neurotic undoing
  • Communication Difficulties and Relationship Problems - Difficulties identifying and expressing emotions and feelings, feeling victimized, attacked and blamed, defensiveness,  problems listening or understanding another, feeling easily angered and triggered, frustrations due to not feeling heard or seen, violent or destructive communication patterns, problems with intimacy or maintaining relationships, adult children of alcoholics, family of origin problems 
  • Postpartum, Parenting Issues, Family Problems and Crisis Counseling - Feeling easily frustrated, alone or isolated, overwhelmed and confused, difficulties communicating feelings and needs, exhaustion, helping a loved-one get sober, mental health issues affecting family member 

Services Provided

Integrative Therapy

  • EMDR Therapy
  • Brainspotting
  • CBT + DBT Skills
  • Interpersonal + Relational

Relationships

  • Relationship Counseling
  • Couples Therapy 
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Divorce, Newly Single + Dating

Meditation

  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation 101
  • Stress Reduction
  • Guided Imagery

Distance

  • Life Coaching
  • Video Conferencing
  • Therapy + Coaching
  • Private Practice Building